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African and Asmat Art: A Brief Overview The current installation of the Art Ark features African and Asmat art. Although these two genres are not geographically close, and Africa is made up of many cultures, there are enough similarities to provide unity of theme and make the combina-tion logical. At the same time, there is enough variety to make the installation fascinating for preK-8 students and the adults who accompany them.The Asmat (pronounced “oz mot”) are a group of people who live in the Indonesian portion of the island of New Guinea, occupying an area along the southwestern coast of that island. Dense forests, rivers, and swamps are prominent features of the area. Because of its harsh and remote location, the Asmat people have been fairly isolated for centuries. Outside influence has begun to creep in and affect some elements of the culture, but many elements have remained largely unchanged over many generations.The art of the Asmat is highly recognizable and collected worldw...